How do I sign up? If you are viewing this on a mobile device you will have to scroll to the bottom of the blog and click on web view which should magically make the right sidebar appear. Once you are in Web view on the right hand side there is a form (actually as this is written there are two) - fill in the one which is titled Patchwork Challenge 2016 registration. We need to know your name and your patch name. We dont need any other personal details like email address or shoe size as we dont want superfluous information that could cause data protection issues. If you know your minileague fill this in, if not put the closest town or your county and whether you are inland or coastal. If you arent going to use a car then tick Green and if you are under 25 you are welcome to join our Next Gen Birders/A Focus on Nature minileague. Hit submit and we have your data. Thats it.
Are my boundaries ok? How big can my patch be? You are allowed up to 3km2 for your patch and this can be any shape but with qualifications. Yes it can be a long wiggly line or two close sites linked by a corridor or an irregular splodge. What it cant be is a disperate spiderweb in order to capture a number of sites over a wider area. A patch should be an area you can work without driving within it. As you can count birds at sea when this isnt mapped we feel that you shouldnt have to map waterbodies and you should be able to count all birds seen from or in your patch. Don't map lakes, reservoirs, rivers or the sea. Do think about whether it is a cohesive patch. If you decide to change your boundaries without a good reason (windfarm/housing estate/change in access) then you wont be able to use a comparative score (more on that later). If you want us to check your boundaries then email us at email@example.com. There are mapping tools here.
|Radde's Warbler - Tommy Corcoran|
|Little Stint - Henry Cook|
|Wryneck - Scott Mayson|
|Perhaps the rarest bird on the page. The Askernish Magpie - Ian T.|